NEW YORK (TheStreet) — You may think you're going away on vacation and leaving workplace stress behind. Are you really?
"As CEO of three companies, I am constantly tempted to check my email when on vacation," says Simon Slade, co-founder of Affilorama, an affiliate marketing training portal in Christchurch, New Zealand. "It's easier said than done, but if you're trying to relax on vacation, lounging by the pool or sunning on the beach, try to pick a spot without Wi-Fi so you're not tempted to work."
Slade is hardly on his own in the temptation to blend work and play while away.
According to Menlo Park, Calif.-based Robert Half Management Resources, 68% of U.S. chief financial officers say they stay in touch with their office while off "relaxing" on a trip — up 20% from a similar survey in 2012. And 32% of executive finance executives say they anticipate a "clean break" from the office while away, down from 51% over the same period.
That's a toxic precedent to set, experts say.
"Employees understand executives will need to check in from outside the office from time to time," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "However, if professionals see senior managers overdoing it and feel pressured to constantly be connected themselves, they may start looking for opportunities offering greater work-life balance."
There has to be a better way. Professionals say there is.
"The best thing to do is letting everyone know that you won't be available for contact during the dates you're gone," says Clint Bertucci, founder of Tucci Travel, near Tampa, Fla. "It sounds obvious, but if you let everyone know ahead of time you're unavailable, it cuts back on the number of people that contact you."